Sherry region Itineraries
Wine tourism in Jerez - itineraries
As well as being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, Cádiz is home to one of the most special and unique wines elaborated in the whole of Spain. The wines of Jerez, with their ample range of varieties, are elaborated in a way that is entirely unique to this part of the world: Fino, Amontillado, Olorosos, Palo cortado, Dulces, Moscatel, Pedro Ximénez...
The following route is an idea to explore the region´s wineries and sherry wines. You can also join a guided sherry tasting tour.
Wine route- Marco de Jerez (100km)
Jerez de la Frontera - Puerto de Santa María - Chipiona - San Lucar de Barrameda - Trebujena.
Cadiz is a province full of charm and natural park areas; the Coto de Doñana is one of the most beautiful Natural Parks in the area and in fact, has more biodiversity than any other park in the whole of the peninsula. On this Jerez winery route, you will experience the history, monuments, churches and medieval castles of this special province, as well as number of special wineries to taste the local sherry wines.
Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez de la Frontera, the capital of Jerez the D.O. (Designation of Origen) wine region, is one of the most beautiful cities in Andalucía. It is also the birthplace of flamenco, and where you can find the most authentic flamenco performances in all of Spain: full of colour, music, dance and wine. Furthermore, it is also the chosen location if you want to enjoy the best equestrian shows organised by the prestigious Royal School of Equestrian Art in Andaluciá, with their famous Carthusian horses.
Jerez de la Frontera is home to many monuments from different cultures, such as the Roman, Muslim and Christian rules of Cádiz, that make this city one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Andalucía.
In addition to Jerez´s traditional festivals, monuments and lively tapas bars, you will also find a number of fantastic wineries that are really worth visiting.
El puerto de Santa María
Located in the bay of Cádiz, the Port of Santa Mariá (el Puerto de Santa María) is one of the most well-known coastal area on the Costa de la Luz (the Costa del Sol´s westerly cousin).
The Port of Santa María is also an enclave of emblematic cultural sites, such as the church of Mayor Prioral, the Castle of San Marcos and the Monastery of Victoria, among others.
Its port and beaches also deserve special attention, as do its lively traditional festivals and its happy-go-lucky vibe.The cloest beaches to visit are La Puntilla and Fuentebravía. We also know of a number of very interesting wineries in the port that you could visit, so that you can enjoy tasting sherry with beautiful sea views.
A little further inland you will find Trebujena, a small town that dedicates itself to Jerez wine and shrimp and eel fishing at the nearby Guadalquivir river. The location for Spielbergs´s film ´The Empire of the Sun´, you can still visit some of the film´s set pieces and props around the town today. If you are interested in historical monuments, the Castle Guzmán el Bueno is an interesting place to visit, donated to the town in 1297 by Fernando IV, as are the ancient town walls with their turrets.
San Lucar de Barrameda
Located right next to the National Park of Doñana, Sanlúcar de Barrameda is another local gem that produces fantastic Jerez sherry wine. La manzanilla is its most characteristic produce and is thought to be one of the world´s most unique sherries- its distinctive taste with slight notes of saltiness come from proximity to the sea, and particular elaboration and ageing methods.
In Sanlúcar, there are a large number of wineries to visit- one suggestion could be to combine morning winery visits with a trip to the National Park of Doñana in the afternoon, for magnificent relaxing day out. Sanlúcar is also full of history, having at one stage been the medieval epicentre of the whole Sanlúcar de Barrameda area.
This charming town is located just 28 km from the Port of Santa María.
Chipiona has beautiful beaches to enjoy, perfect for walking along the seaside promenade and sitting outside at a local terrace, accompanied by one of the area´s famous Chipiona moscatel´s.
If you go just a little further inside the town, you will find the town´s local ´despachos de vino´, traditional wine shops, where you can buy the best Jerez wines, directly from their traditional earthenware jars. You could relax for a few days in this little tranquil seaside town, lying in the sun and watching the waves. Chipiona was chosen in the XIX Century to house Spain´s first thalassotherapy centre (using the healing and beneficial properties of the sea), due to the high quality of its water. The clinic was installed just a stroll away from the beach, next to the beautiful Santuario de Regla church. You can also visit the grocery market, the lighthouse and local churches. However, no matter how you fill your day, the reigning moment in Chipiona is without a doubt the setting of the sun.